Braintree, MA United States
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The corps was founded in 1943 as the Penniman School Drum and Bugle Corps. In 1951 the name became the Braintree Drum and Bugle Corps, and the corps began competing in the Eastern Massachusetts Circuit. At the time Braintree was the only corps in the greater Boston area not affiliated with the Catholic Church, and as such could not compete in the large CYO (Catholic Youth Organization) circuit.
In 1953 the corps won the Class B championship in the Eastern Massachusetts Circuit, the equivalent of today's Division II. Circuit rules required that champions move up to Class A, so the corps entered the big leagues in 1954, adopting the name "Warriors" at the same time.
After several years of indifferent results, success began became more regular in 1958 and continued through 1960. During those three years the corps was very competitve.
Four trips to national competition produced a 17th place finish at the American Legion Nationals in 1954; a sixth place at the VFW Nationals in 1955; an 18th at American Legion Nationals in 1957, and in the dungeons at American Legion Nationals in 1967.
The corps experienced a steady decline in quality and interest after these years of success, attributed by some to unfortunate management practices. The Braintree Warriors disbanded in 1972.
Even in bad times, the Warriors' drumline was a positive feature. The corps' drum quartet went undefeated for many years.
From Robert Schrader: In 1954, as a member of the Braintree Warrior Drum & Bugle Corp, Braintree Massachusetts, I won the American Legion Individual Soprano Championship, playing the William Tell Overture at the outside lawn. I remember Darcey Davis as being one of the judges of the contest. Additionally, in another contest in New York at a later date (unfortunately I cannot recall the date) I was the "G" bugle champion.
Highest Score 0.000
Final show in DCX Archives January 1, 1952 Eastern Massachusetts Circuit Championships Malden MA
Highest Score 80.550
Final show in DCX Archives June 10, 1956 Manchester NH placed 2 with a score of 80.550
Highest Score 79.760
Final show in DCX Archives September 13, 1957 American Legion Nationals Prelims Juniors Atlantic City NJ placed 18 with a score of 78.730
Highest Score 87.700
Final show in DCX Archives August 2, 1958 Fitchburg MA placed 1 with a score of 87.700
Highest Score 87.360
Final show in DCX Archives August 1, 1959 Worcester MA placed 3 with a score of 87.360
Highest Score 88.910
Final show in DCX Archives September 6, 1960 E-Mass Finals Marlboro MA placed 4 with a score of 85.760
Highest Score 81.050
Final show in DCX Archives October 1, 1961 Waterbury CT placed 10 with a score of 76.027
Highest Score 83.100
Final show in DCX Archives July 14, 1962 Massachusetts American Legion State Championship Worcester MA placed 2 with a score of 75.550
Highest Score 82.300
Final show in DCX Archives August 23, 1963 Lawrence MA placed 3 with a score of 81.000
Highest Score 68.830
Final show in DCX Archives August 8, 1964 Everett MA placed 4 with a score of 68.830
Highest Score 60.300
Final show in DCX Archives July 3, 1965 Peabody MA placed 7 with a score of 55.750
Highest Score 65.900
Final show in DCX Archives April 16, 1966 Drumfest Boston MA placed 5 with a score of 65.900
Highest Score 64.430
Final show in DCX Archives August 26, 1967 American Legion Nationals Junior-PRELIMS Boston MA placed 35 with a score of 64.430
Highest Score 64.450
Final show in DCX Archives September 5, 1969 Sponsor: Continentals, Cavaliers, Norwood Norwood MA placed 3 with a score of 64.450